If you or somebody close to you have been a victim of a car wreck, you will want the assistance of a Sugar Land car accident lawyer at McDonald Worley to receive the justice you are entitled to. You may be thinking about how will my car repairs be paid, how much are my medical bills, and who’s going to pay or how will I get compensated for my lost earnings. We take pride in offering all injury victims a free of charge initial consultation, which will allow them to get clarifications to their questions and at the same time getting guidance from our experienced accident lawyer(s).
Our personal injury attorney lawyers have a decades of combined experience defending and protecting injury victim rights. We are proud of ourselves for assisting people when they are in need, and we will be committed to getting our clients the optimal compensation possible.
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How Much Do Sugar Land Car Accident Attorneys Cost?
Many people are either afraid of trying or just won’t bother trying to contact a lawyer once they suffer personal injuries because they believe that hiring a lawyer will cost them a lot of money. What they don’t realize is that most of the personal injury lawyers in Sugar Land usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will only get paid if they win the case. In they lose, you don’t have to pay.
The fee that you will be liable for will be based on a pre-determined percentage, which is usually 20% to 40% of the total compensation amount paid out. The fee you attorney will charge you for their services will depend on the amount of work that they put into the case, and whether you agree to settle the case out of court with the concerned insurance company. In such a case, you will owe the lawyer significantly less than you would have if the case proceeded to go to trial.
This arrangement ensures that you will only need to pay your attorney a fee once you are fully compensated. It also means that the lawyer you hire will be committed to the case since their pay will be dependent on you getting compensation for your injuries.
However, some lawyers might have different payment plans that often involve paying them flat fee or an hourly rate. These options might be ideal for some cases, though most clients are generally served best when working with a contingency fee arrangement.
Do I Have a Case?
The right answer to this question will depend on three key things:
Are the Damages are Enough to Warrant Filing a Claim?
It is the responsibility of your attorney to establish whether your damages are significant enough to warrant a claim and if the case is really worth their while. Cases that are only worth a couple of thousands of dollars is probably not worth their time and effort. And while this might seem a little harsh, it’s true.
Does the Defendant Have Enough Resources?
Your attorney will also consider whether there’s an insurer involved in the case. If there’s one, it’s likely that you’re going to get paid for the damages you incurred. Nonetheless, if the lawsuit is being filed against an individual, your attorney might want to know if the person has significant assets. If they don’t, then it will be difficult for them to represent you because the final ruling might not even be worth more than the paper it’s printed on.
Can You Successfully Prove Liability?
In case you don’t have sufficient evidence to support your claim it will be very difficult for your attorney to prove fault. However, if you do have enough evidence to support your claim and the facts point towards the other person responsible for the injuries you’ve suffered, you have a case.
The Statute of Limitations for Auto Accidents in Texas
In Texas, car accident cases have a statute of limitations of two years.. This means that you only have 2 years from the time of the accident to file your lawsuit. Failing to file your claim within this timeframe means your right to claim for compensation will automatically be forfeited. The court will most likely dismiss your case as soon as they see that it’s past the timeframe stipulated by this law. And if they don’t, the defendant’s attorney will most likely file a motion to have your case dismissed.
What If I’m Partially At Fault in an Auto Accident?
As mentioned earlier, the law varies from state to state. Texas Law is outlined in such a way that even if you were partially responsible for the accident, you will still be entitled to a percentage of compensation. The total amount you receive will be reduced by the percentage of your fault in the accident. This concept is referred to as comparative negligence, which basically means that you’re entitled to compensation so long as the other party was 51% or more at fault.
For auto accident cases, it’s essential to establish who was at fault during the accident. As such, you have to be really careful about what you say, and you should generally avoid discussing what transpired with the insurance companies, the other party, the police at the scene, or any other person for that matter without your attorney present or until you have discussed things with your attorney. You may unintentionally say or do something that affects your chances of collecting compensation for the injuries and damages caused.
For example, let’s say you were broadsided at a busy intersection by a driver who didn’t stop at a stop sign. Although this means the other person was at fault for the accident, their liability could decrease if you admit to the following:
- You were speeding
- You were drinking or intoxicated
- You were on the phone or reading/sending a text message
- You failed to check the road on either direction for oncoming traffic before you entered the intersection
Don’t forget that insurance adjusters are very skilled at setting people up for these kinds of scenarios, and they can trick or compel you to make such admissions to minimize the amount the company pays out in compensation. Your lawyer will help guide you through the process as they already have experience dealing with insurance adjusters. Further, you can count on us to review all of the details about your case and ensure your responsibility is kept at a minimum when comparative negligence is being determined.
Get In Touch With A Sugar Land Car Accident Lawyer Now!
If you have been in a car wreck that has resulted in injury and are looking for an experienced injury lawyer in Sugar Land for your claim, McDonald Worley is here to assist..
We offer our services on a 24/7 basis so that we are available to provide you with expert legal advice and services when you need it. And the best part is that we provide our services on a contingency basis.
Call McDonald Worley now to book your free initial consultation with our car accident lawyers.. We have decades of experience standing up for the rights of injury victims in Sugar Land and the great state of Texas.
Contact us today and begin the process of receiving your deserved compensation for damages suffered!